Air Force baseball head coach Mike Kazlausky has been named to USA Baseball’s U14 National Team Development Program (NTDP) staff, announced recently by USA Baseball. Kazlausky recently wrapped up his seventh season at the helm of Falcon baseball.
Kazlausky joins the staff under former USA 15U National Team assistant Jason Maxwell, who will oversee the program as the field coordinator. Kazlausky, and East Carolina Head Coach Cliff Godwin will serve as managers for the NTDP’s Stars and Stripes teams.
Kazlausky guided Air Force to a 27-26 record in 2017. Its Air Force’s first back-to-back winning seasons since 1994-95. The Falcons currently lead the nation in batting average (.344), slugging percentage (.556) and doubles per game (2.89). Kazlausky’s 2017 team produced All-American’s in senior outfielder Adam Groesbeck and senior third baseman Bradley Haslam and a first-team Academic All-America selection in senior outfielder Russell Williams.
"I am honored and proud to represent out 14U NTDP," Kazlausky said. "We are America's Team and I am excited to motivate and inspire these young men not on on the friendly fields of strife, but more importantly in their development and maturation in life."
The National Team Development Program offers athletes with an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as both a player and a person.
This year, the 14U NTDP also offers players the opportunity to compete for a roster spot on the 2017 15U National Team. Forty athletes will be invited to participate in the NTDP and 18 will then be selected to the 2017 15U National Team Trials roster.
The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-29, and the 15U National Team Trials will begin July 30.
Catching 101 founder, James “Xan” Barksdale, will join Concordia University Assistant Coach Steve Butler and Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.) Head Coach, Adam Moseley, as catching, hitting and pitching coordinators for Maxwell, respectively.
Kazlausky will lead the program’s Stripes team during the week. Scott Grove, the head coach of The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), will serve as his assistant coach and Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, Calif.) Head Coach, Jared Halpert, will lead the team’s pitching staff.
Players are identified and selected for the 14U National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events including the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS).
Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball scouts and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events also play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.
About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Olympic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit the organization’s official websites: USABaseball.com, USABaseball.Education, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.